TBM Naming Ceremony - February 24, 2021

Presenting:  "Mary the TBM"

Congratulations to students from Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School – Team Sancti Potentes in Virginia Beach who won First Place in the TBM Naming Contest. The student team submitted a video in the style of a newscast featuring the TBM. The team presented the name “Mary” for Mary Jackson – mathematician and aerospace engineer at NASA, noted for her pioneering role of an African American woman in the field of science and engineering, and her crucial contributions to the NASA Space Program. Additionally, Mary Jackson was from Hampton, Virginia, which the students pointed out as one of their reasons for selecting Mary as the name for the HRBT Expansion Project TBM.  Read more...

Second Place was awarded to students from Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, VA who submitted the name “Mary” as a brochure entry.  Third Place was awarded to students from Hunter B. Andrews PreK-8 in Hampton, VA who submitted the name “TEO” for The Emancipation Oak as a brochure entry.

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PICTURED ABOVE:  Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School – Team Sancti Potentes in Virginia Beach

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PICTURED ABOVE:  Model of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)


View the TBM Name Announcement Virtual Ceremony
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project-logosIn collaboration with the Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP), VDOT held a contest to formally name the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that will construct new twin two-lane bored tunnels west of the existing eastbound Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The contest was open to all middle school students in Hampton Roads.

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